Fabulous Florals return to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…a moss-covered angel descending onto the San Diego Museum of Art!

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive 2013

Bella Meyer’s moss angel for Art Alive 2013

Intrigued? That’s just one of the stunning sights that visitors to the museum’s annual Art Alive exhibition will see. This three-day floral festival enlists local designers to create arrangements inspired by the master works in the museum’s permanent collection, but that’s not all. Each year, one special designer is selected to transform the museum’s atrium into a wonderland of sights and smells. This year, San Diego is honored to have Bella Meyer, granddaughter of artist Marc Chagall and founder and creative director for FleursBella Beautifiers in New York City, designing the centerpiece of Art Alive.

Creating Art Alive

Working around the clock, Bella and her crew began installing the massive floral structures on Sunday. By Friday morning, the museum’s atrium will have been transformed into a magical forest of greens, blues and whites. Bella explains that San Diego, Balboa Park and the museum’s architecture were the inspiration for this year’s atrium creation.

San Diego Museum Art's Art Alive 2013

Designers work furiously to install the floral arrangements.

Upon first visiting San Diego a year ago, Bella was struck by the melting pot of cultures she experienced in San Diego and Balboa Park, particularly the Mexican culture mixed with Nordic and Spanish influences. Bella interprets these influences into the plant life, mixing Nordic birch and Spanish moss with native San Diego fauna to create her masterpiece.

Bella Meyer's floral wonderland - Art Alive

Bella Meyer’s floral wonderland begins to take shape. What will the finished result look like?

“Balboa Park is like a fantasy land,” notes Bella. “I want to create a world where anything becomes possible.” In the fantasy world that Bella will create, guests will wander through an enchanted forest on the ground floor before ascending to a heavenly space above filled with fragrant white flowers, where a 12-ft moss angel descends into the atrium below.

Another creation that Bella calls the “Moss Muse” will greet visitors outside of the museum, beckoning them inside to explore the floral arrangements as well as the Spanish masters on view. And Bella’s creations aren’t the only unbelievable floral artworks you’ll see – one of this year’s designers has interpreted a bronze sculpture entirely in broccoli.

If all this sounds unbelievable, that’s understandable – Art Alive truly has to been seen to be believed. Don’t miss your chance to see this annual extravaganza before it disappears!

Art Alive to Go

Take a piece of Art Alive home with you! Some of the items for sale at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive pop-up shop.

Art Alive Events

  • Sip champagne, dine on treats from San Diego’s top restaurants, and dance the night away at the grand Opening Celebration, on Friday, April 26, 7–11 p.m.
  • Enjoy a hip sip and party into the wee hours with Flowers After Hours, on Friday, April 26, 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM.
  • Shop for unique items at a discount during a special Museum Store Jewelry Trunk Show on April 27 and 28, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Families can try their hands at the “Garden of Activities,” featuring arts and crafts for children and families to do together, on April 27 and 28, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Enjoy a screening of the “Floral Feature Film,” the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors. The special screening includes a pre-film lecture by local film critic Beth Accomando, plus a box of sweet or savory snacks and your choice of beverages on April 27, 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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2 thoughts on “Fabulous Florals return to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

  1. Way to go to San Diego/San Francisco designer Jamie Kales who dared to take Cotan’s “Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber” into the 21st century. Daring take on turning a still-life painting into the Wizard of Oz tornado…she put all the ‘floral’ vegetables into a whimsical flux. I thoroughly enjoyed her playful take on how our food is being played with via GMO bioengineering–marionette strings and all in the floral arrangement. Refreshing to see such a thoughtful and thought-provoking designer! Her rendition of the canteloupe melon was incredible. The Cabbage was Oz–the great superfood, “cruciferous and powerful”. She even added a banana in flowers to feature the antagonist–the flying monkey–representative of corporate controls. Intelligent strategy using a pop culture iconic film like the new release of “Return to Oz” to launch a dialogue. And isn’t that what art is supposed to do?
    Brilliant arrangement…super talented designer! Definitely one of the best in the exhibit!

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